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DisneyWar by James B. Stewart '73 Released Three Weeks Early, Already a Bestseller

February 11, 2005

stewart disneywar.jpgFebruary 11, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "DisneyWar, James B. Stewart's expose of Michael Eisner's 20-year tenure at Disney, arrived in bookstores Wednesday -- three weeks ahead of schedule," notes Variety. The much anticipated book by Stewart, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former front page editor of the Wall Street Journal and 1973 graduate of DePauw University, is ranked as the #10 best-seller at Barnes & Noble.com today and #19 at Amazon.com.

Stewart's book hits shelves as Disney holds its annual shareholders meeting in Minneapolis today. The Associated Press reports, "just in time for the meeting, a hefty new book, written with Disney's cooperation, paints an unflattering portrait of [CEO] Eisner and his heir apparent, President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Iger. The book, DisneyWar, by James B. Stewart, shows Eisner unsure about the qualifications of his second-in command and Iger complaining about his lack of visibility in the company." 

Gary Gentile writes, "Stewart is a former reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer prize for his stories about insider trading. He is the author of several books, including Den of Thieves, which examined the Wall Street insider-trading scandals, and Blood Sport, which looked at the Clinton Whitewater investigation. He was given access to top Disney executives over a two-year period for this book."

Read the story at ABC News' Web site by clicking here and an earlier article here. Read more about DisneyWar and order the book at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

James B. Stewart, who serves as chair of DePauw's Board of Trustees, spoke at his alma mater on April 7, 2003. Access a story that includes video and audio clips from that lecture by clicking here.

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